Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) had harsh words Sunday morning for Minister Yaakov Perry (Yesh Atid) over the latter’s opposition to a bill that would apply Israeli law regarding the rights of female employees to Israeli workplaces in Judea and Samaria (Shomron).
“If Minister Perry is willing to make do without rights, perhaps we can make do without obligations, like income tax and VAT?” Ariel suggested on his Facebook page.
The law Perry opposes would guarantee basic rights, he continued.
“Just to be clear: If you are a pregnant woman in Judea or Samaria, you could be fired, because the law does not apply in Judea and Samaria. And there are many similar examples,” he warned.
“This is an important law that makes no distinction between Jewish women and Palestinian women. A law that has support across the political spectrum, from [MK Orit] Struk on the right to [MK] Meirav Michaeli on the left.
“The argument that this constitutes some sort of annexation of territory is a joke,” he continued. “We aren’t changing the status quo. There are more than a few laws that already apply in Judea and Samaria.”
He concluded, “What was it someone once said? ‘If there are no rights, there are no obligations,’ or something like that.”
Yair Lapid, the head of the Yesh Atid party, spoke about the importance of giving all Israelis the same rights and obligations during the elections campaign.